The Macau Museum has launched a mobile app called “Macau Museum AR/VR” to provide the public with a virtual museum experience, the Cultural Affairs Bureau (IC) said in a statement last week.
Friday’s statement points out that innovative interactive technologies such as augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) enable users to enjoy the permanent exhibits along the tour route as if they were actually visiting the Macau Museum. By downloading the app, the public can enjoy the virtual museum and learn about the museum’s collections and Macau’s history.
According to the statement, the app has three functions comprising virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and QR code. Users can enjoy an immersive 720-degree panoramic view of the first, second and third floors of the Macau Museum and the Mount Fortress Garden with virtual reality (VR). They not only can experience the scenes inside the museum, but also can enjoy the scenery of the garden.
The function of the augmented reality (AR) enables the scanning of specific brochures which can be downloaded from the app, and by tapping the screen, users can rotate selected collections of the museum by 720 degrees for a more detailed look at them. In addition, when visiting the museum, visitors can also scan the QR code next to the exhibits to get more information and enjoy a self-service guided tour, according to the statement.
The statement notes that the public can download and use the app free of charge by simply entering “Macao Museum VR/AR” in the App Store and Google Play or by scanning the relevant QR code.
The statement underlines that the bureau will continue to promote the development of Macau’s virtual museums and make good use of technology to create rich museum experiences for residents and visitors alike.